From The Pain of Fibromyalgia
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
The cornerstone of Fibromyalgia treatment is understanding where it comes from. Fibromyalgia is caused by hypothalamic suppression. Most of your body’s glands are controlled by the hypothalamus so when the hypothalamus becomes weakened, a cascade of negative effects can occur in your body. The hypothalamus controls the adrenals, thyroid, sex hormones, the autonomic system (which regulates body temperature, blood pressure, and the anti-diuretic hormone), and the sleep center. Fibromyalgia is the result when the hypothalamus has been weakened long-term stress, short -term extreme stress, chronically deficient diet, exposure to toxins, as well as a number of other factors. These types of stressors often show up as low thyroid, adrenal exhaustion, chronic infections (which often go undiagnosed and untreated). Underneath it all, the cellular power plant of the body, the mitochondria, have become dysfunctional, making it almost impossible to recover without a targeted medical program.
A factor that disguises this issue is that blood tests for hypothalamic suppression have a very wide “normal” range. Here at Renewed Vitality in Dallas TX we look at the test results and also at the function. If the test shows inside the listed “normal” but the function is impaired, we work to get that function back. This factor means it is common for Fibromyalgia and hypothalamic suppression to be misdiagnosed by doctors not familiar with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. We know that if we want to restore energy and vitality we have to get your hormone back to correct levels and function restored to your glandular system.
Fibromyalgia treatment has made a huge amount of progress in the last 15 years, But successful treatment does require that you work with a doctor who has the specialized knowledge of this syndrome and who can look past the obvious symptoms and see the causes. It is important to understand that the treatment of symptoms, while often very needed, does not help resolve the underlying conditions -Fibromyalgia is much too serious to try and just cover up with a painkiller. Also because this disease can be complex to treat, it requires more than a 10 or 15 minute visit to your local doctor. Trying to treat Fibromyalgia in a 10 minute interview has resulted in a great many people in the US going essentially untreated for this very debilitating condition. Successful treatment requires addressing a number of different issues which when diagnosed and treated, can lead to an overall return to normal energy and vitality.
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Our Nurse Practitioners
All of our Nurse Practitioners have studied under Dr Spurlock and work with him closely to get patients successfully through their Fibromyalgia treatment programs.
Renewed Vitality Uses a Six Step Process for
First: Address the pain and sleep disturbances.
This frequently includes the use of sleep, pain and antidepressant medications. This treatment is typically only temporary while the underlying problems are addressed. It is not the long term answer as commonly practiced in the traditional medical system.
As a key part of our Fibromyalgia treatment, we will perform an extensive laboratory analysis focused on discovering the underlying issue and customized to the symptoms of each patient.
One of the most effective treatments for pain is Trigger Point injections, with medications injected directly into the affected tissue. This often provides 4-6 weeks of pain relief. Myofascial release/massage therapy also greatly improves pain in many patients until the underlying disorders can be treated.
Second: Rejuvenate the mitochondria and increase energy production.
Getting these little energy power plants in every cell of your body working at optimal levels is essential to restoring your energy. In those suffering from Fibromyalgia, they are often found in a poisoned condition, leaving the cells starved for energy. Many things can poison the mitochondria including hormonal deficiencies, toxins and infections. Mitochondrial dysfunction may be the common denominator and underlying mechanism that explains the symptoms of fibromyalgia. In addition to using treatments to rid the body of the offending agents, specific nutrients can be given to jumpstart the mitochondria and get the cells functioning well again. These can be administered orally or intravenously.
Third: Balance Hormones
Hormonal deficiencies are often missed or poorly treated because traditionally doctors have used blood tests that count on a healthy pituitary and hypothalamus as a standard. These traditional tests measure levels, not function and therefore several critical hormone deficiencies go undiagnosed and untreated. Some typical hormone functions that need to be evaluated include thyroid function, growth hormone, testosterone, aldosterone, cortisol, DHEA, pregnenolone, estradiol, and progesterone. When hormones are properly treated and balanced, tremendous results can be achieved! Follow-up care requires regular monitoring of the correct hormone levels for continued hormone health.
Fourth: Treat the immunity factor
Various infections can either be a major cause of fibromyalgia or contribute to the problem and addressing these is a vital part of Fibromyalgia treatment. Because the immune system may not be operating properly, it is possible that there may be more than one infection that must be addressed. Some of these potential troublemakers include viruses such as Epstein Barr (EBV), Cytomegalovirus (CMV), and Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV6). Also Enteroviruses, such as Coxsackie, Parvo, can be culprits. Bacterial infections like Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia pneumonia, Borrelia Burgdorferi (Lyme disease), Babesia and Ehrlichia can also contribute to fibromyalgia. A number of yeasts such as Candida and also parasites must be evaluated as well.
In a weakened immune system, infections with the above organisms will further suppress the body’s defenses and often results in further infections with other organisms. These are called opportunistic infections. Even with the most aggressive treatments, it is difficult and sometimes impossible to destroy the infection if the weakened immune system is not addressed and treated as well. It is critical to assess infections and be treated for them along with being treated for a suppressed immune system.
As you can see in this diagram, there are a multitude of factors that can be underlying causes Fibromyalgia. Sometimes it is the perfect storm of many of these issues. Our aim is to isolate and treat those underlying factors to get you well again.
Treatment may include oral or intravenous (IV) medications. Often a combination of IV and oral medication can be extremely powerful in treating infections and a compromised immune system simultaneously. Prescription anti-infectives and immune boosting supplements work together to get control of these rogue infections and restore health to an ailing immune system.
Fifth: Explore unique causes
There are some groups of individuals that have specific problems that must be addressed as part of their fibromyalgia treatment. For instance, some patients may have suffered from a chronic infection that has created a coagulation defect which results in the body laying down a fibrin (or fibrous protein) coating on cells that impairs oxygen and nutrient transfer to the cells. This can cause fatigue, muscle aches and a “brain fog.” If this condition is suspected, specialized testing is required. If this condition goes untreated, not only are the cells starved for oxygen and nutrition, but it is very difficult to eliminate any infections because they will “hide” in the fibrin coating. The infectious organisms may also produce neurotoxins which can remain in the body and continue to cause problems long after the organisms that produced them are gone. Some patients have such severe symptoms of “brain fog” that they require intensive evaluations of brain function and very direct treatment to alleviate the problem. Fortunately there are tests and procedures that can be done to rid the body of these toxins and to restore health to the cells.
When Fibromyalgia treatment is complete, a plan of maintenance will help patients continue their new-found health. Patients remain on a few core medications and supplements that are important to continue their health. These may be taken to sustain their health for many years. As with all medical treatments, some patients may require additional therapies as their case dictates. And there is a wealth of helpful information for lifestyle and maintenance steps to help you.
When a comprehensive treatment plan is in place, significant recovery or a complete resolution of symptoms is the rule, rather than the exception.
I love Dr. Spurlock! Hadn’t seen him in 10 yrs, I lived in New Jersey, moved to New York and he was getting me on the straight and narrow with my health. Personal reasons stopped me and I went back to NY & NJ specialists. I became worse over the years and pretty much felt like a ping pong ball. March 2017, I supposedly had a TIA. I was shuffled from specialist to specialist in NY. Nine to be exact, many million dollar work ups, basic bloods with perhaps one exotic thrown in for good measure, nothing found and shuttled off to another specialist. An endocrinologist told me my fibromyalgia was secondary, but to what? She never could figure the primary. My findings were that I needed a pacemaker and that I had phospholipid antibody syndrome but I still remained ill, depressed and in pain. I decided enough was enough and made my appointment with Doctor Spurlock and came to Texas from visiting California. Best thing I could had done for myself. As a phlebotomist I know blood is (most times) the beginning and/or confirmation of a diagnosis. Dr. Spurlock pulls no punches and plays no games with his profession and passion for his patients. I am so happy with all that he ordered, but mostly what he found! I’m not crazy nor psychosomatic. I’m back on the path to wellness at 60! Thank you Doctor Spurlock! Going to add that I have scheduled an appointment for my niece to be assessed by Doctor Spurlock. When in doubt check Dr. Spurlock and Renewed Vitality out. May God Bless.” -Susan C*
“To say Dr. Spurlock goes “above and beyond” is almost laughable because it doesn’t say enough about his efforts. I went to a ridiculous amount of doctors to get help for debilitating fatigue and pain. He took one look at me and listed off things he suspected. The blood tests soon confirmed each and every one. I was just baffled that no one else had ever thought to order the ones he uncovered. Dr. Spurlock thrives with complicated cases and doesn’t believe in “Band-Aid medicine”. He will take as much time and effort to get to the root cause. If you think that there are no longer doctors that care…you haven’t met him. My life changed the day I found him! Truly, it was like winning the lottery.” – Janna R *
“Renewed Vitality offers more than Hope, but also evolutionary physical overall health practices….these Doctors at this Clinic are onto a cure for Fibromyalgia and pain. It is from calming your mind to curing the physical ailment not just cover it up with drugs. It gives you a new life. I am a patient and they have turned my life around in just days, weeks and months. I started 10 months ago in very much in pain and in bed having Fibro fog, fireskin, sporadic sleep, on medication. I listened and the main thing is I changed my thought. I Changed my attitude and changed my diet. I listened some more… I have not had a fibro attack in over 6 months. Have not felt this good for this long in over 13 years. I feel healed and blessed. I am off all medication and on vitamins, minerals, eat less but am more satisfied and healthy. Give Yourself A Chance To Be Well. Give them a call at this fantastic clinic.” – Edie B *
“When I share my healing experience with Dr. Spurlock with family and friends, I always begin by saying I was teetering over the abyss and Dr. Spurlock brought me back! That is truly the way I feel. My symptoms had gradually increased over quite a few years and after my 40th birthday in 2008 I went to my first Rheumatologist. I was exhausted all the time, was terribly overweight, ached all over and had a hard time concentrating. This doc proceeded to diagnose me with Fibro and told me to “put my big girl panties on” and take the sleeping pills, muscle relaxers and prescription anti-inflammatory meds he prescribed. I went to a second doc who had greater empathy, but was again only interested in addressing my symptoms. Through a friend, I found Dr. Spurlock in the fall of 2009. Yes, he was interested in relieving my symptoms, but more importantly he wanted find out what caused them. As with all his patients, he did extensive blood work and there were many clues – hypothyroidism, my hormone production was in the tank, and I have some viral and bacterial infections that we needed to address. I started my journey to health with a game plan and confidence that, with Dr. Spurlock’s help, I would get better. Flash forward eight months, I have renewed energy and am ready to work on my weight issues. The first time I did the HCG diet, I did very well, but unfortunately didn’t make the necessary changes AFTER transition to maintain my weight loss. I kept the weight off for a while, but eventually it crept back up. In October of 2010, I went gluten free which also made a difference with my fibro symptoms. In January of 2012I committed to this journey of greater health and was ready to take another go at the HCG diet. I really like the HCG diet because it is simple and straight-forward. Honestly, I am not hungry AT ALL and find I am able to plan my meals with ease. Dr. Spurlock also holds healthy cooking classes every other Saturday that are creative and informative. I’ve used so many of these recipes, not just on the diet, but for my family throughout transition and maintenance. I’ve done a few rounds of the HCG over the last year and a half, with time in between. I’ve released over 50lbs and am shooting for l0 more. I feel GREAT and have a renewed commitment to taking the very best care of myself. I’ve recently started school to eam a Masters in Holistic Nutrition with the goal of helping others find renewed health and joy.” – Christi C *
*results do vary from patient to patient.
About Insurance Coverage
In order to get to the root cause of the problem and provide optimal treatment we find we need more time with our patients and more treatment options than insurance companies are willing to work with. Thus we are out of network for insurance.
If you have a PPO plan, it is possible that your insurance will reimburse you for some or all of your office visit costs. Minimally, the costs should be able to go toward your deductible. You will pay for the appointments at the time of service and we will provide you with the necessary papers to file for reimbursement with your insurance provider.
Regarding the lab work that will be required, many insurance plans will cover your labs. However we do recommend that you check with your insurance company to make sure as some plans have changed how they pay for lab-work and may require you to meet your deductible before your insurance pays anything for labs. This could mean a significant increase in your cost for lab-work. In order to better serve our patients at Renewed Vitality, we can now save you up to 85% off of Quest’s list prices if you self pay.
Can Fibromyalgia patients recover?
There is Hope!
Today there is a workable Fibromyalgia Treatment. Here at Renewed Vitality, our doctors and nurse practitioners stay abreast of the latest breakthroughs and make sure you get the best possible treatment We pride ourselves on being many years ahead of most doctors when it comes to Fibromyalgia treatment. Often patients will start to feel better within a few weeks and according to our records we show significant improvement on 80% of all our patients within the first four visits.
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